Tuesday, April 6th 2010

WD Launches Newest VelociRaptor, The Fastest SATA Hard Drive With Twice the Capacity

WD announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor 450 GB and 600 GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives. The new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is designed for blade servers, high-performance PCs, Mac computers, professional workstations, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers that require a balance of high performance and capacity. As the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive on the market today, and a favorite amongst enthusiast and enterprise groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive now comes packed with twice the capacity and up to 15% performance increase over the previous generation.

The most popular hard drive for high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics that provide 24x7 durability under high-performance demands and packs up to 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The WD VelociRaptor drive is also available in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink - a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis and 3.5-inch HDD form factor enterprise chassis.
"WD is a leader in the performance and reliability of enterprise SATA hard drives," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise business unit. "Demand for performance combined with an increase in capacity continues to rise and WD is the leader in this category. WD customers can rely on the new WD VelociRaptor to deliver high performance under the harshest conditions, while continuing to keep user data safe."
Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
  • Killer speed- SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 32 MB cache enhance the next generation 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor making it up to 15% faster than the award-winning previous generation.
  • Monstrous capacity - WD VelociRaptor SATA drives are available in capacities up to 600 GB, double the capacity of the previous generation.
  • Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to mission-critical enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive.
  • Ultra-cool operation - Consumes no more power than the previous generation WD VelociRaptor while offering double the capacity and higher performance.
  • IcePack mounting frame - The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.
  • Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
  • NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
  • Environmentally conscious - In addition to being ROHS compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.
Price and AvailabilityWD VelociRaptor (model WD4500HLHX and WD6000HLHX - 3.5-inch version with IcePack) hard drives are available now at select distributors and resellers. WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives (model WD4500BLHX and WD6000BLHX) are under evaluation with OEM customers and will be available through select commercial distributors within this quarter. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 450 GB (model WD4500HLHX) is $299 USD and the 600 GB (model WD6000HLHX) is $329 USD.

For more information, visit the product page.
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33 Comments on WD Launches Newest VelociRaptor, The Fastest SATA Hard Drive With Twice the Capacity

#1
Kantastic
People seem to not understand that access times are what makes Velociraptors so good.
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#2
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
My current 300GB WD Velociraptor is doing just fine.:)
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#3
phanbuey
Kantastic said:
People seem to not understand that access times are what makes Velociraptors so good.
yeah but if you short stroke a 1tb the access times fall just the same... hell if you short stroke one to 100GB you can get 3.6ms. For $100.
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#4
Airbrushkid
I don't think there to compete against standard hard drives. They put them out as a option over the ssd drives.


newtekie1 said:
Because they also have to compete with standard Hard Drives. For me to be inticed to move to a VelociRaptor over my standard 7200RPM Drive, they need to be reasonably priced.



And the average Joe doesn't need an SSD either...
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#6
Kenshai
EarlZ said:
SSD for OS drive is actually moot for people who dont reboot/shutdown their PC's often.. after the OS loads the benefits of SSD for OS drive is gone, I had a X25-E for my OS drive and I only reboot for like once a month or a significant driver update. Never felt the benefits of SSD as an OS drive.
Boot times aren't the only thing improved. With my SSD everything in windows is a whole lot snappier than it is on any of my HDD PC's. It's for the OS but the access time is really where it's at on an SSD. I can feel the difference switching from PC to PC.

kora04 said:
would it work in a PS3?
it might overheat without the heatsink, tho, wont it?

*just a tech question. never gonna do it.
No they won't work in a PS3 even with the heatsink off, this is because it is thicker than he standard 2.5" drive.


The thing I don't like about these reviews is that it's not putting the HDD against any SSD at all. Unless I'm mistaken they're marketed as an alternative to SSD's both in price and speed.
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#7
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Roph said:
A 500GB platter 7200RPM 3.5" will net you ~130MB/s, this drive is pointless.
AND 3ms access times?

phanbuey said:
yeah but if you short stroke a 1tb the access times fall just the same... hell if you short stroke one to 100GB you can get 3.6ms. For $100.
Indeed, but most do not know about short stroking, or even the practice of putting a small partition at the beginning of the drive and leaving the rest unallocated so the heads never move off that partition...the easy way to short stroke a drive.:D

Airbrushkid said:
I don't think there to compete against standard hard drives. They put them out as a option over the ssd drives.
They compete against both. They are trying to fill a niche, the area between SSDs and standard HDDs, to capture the people that want faster drives but don't want to pay out the nose for the capacity they need. This is why they actually compete against both markets.
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#8
Beertintedgoggles
So are you guys suggesting you short stroke the drives so that only the inermost section of the drive is used? I could see that helping access times slightly but slowing down overall transfer speeds. I mostly only hear of short stroking a drive so it only writes on the outermost parts of the platters, thus your transfer speeds will be faster due to the linear velocity being faster the further you get from the center of the platter. Latency wise, you have to wait for the platter to rotate around to the given read/write position. This gives you the following formula: 1 / (RPM / 60 seconds). Therefore a 7200 RPM drive will give you pretty much on avg. 8.333.... ms access times. A 10000 RPM drive then reduces that down to 6 ms. Of course if you factor in native command queuing then these numbers can be reduced more, and those numbers were assuming worst case scenario where the drive has to perform a full rotation before the heads are positioned at the correct address. But still, RPM's rule latencies.
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